Review: Of Stars And Swords #1

IMG_0195After witnessing the death of her family at the tender age of 5 and spending 11 years in an orphanage, teenage Seren decides to embark on a journey of revenge and self discovery.  In doing so, she is confronted with challenges that allow her to reflect upon her morality and discover more about her roots.  However, whilst thirsty to avenge her late family members, Seren is repeatedly in two states of mind of vengeance and saving the world from the evil which lurks upon it.

Of Stars And Swords is written in crystal clear detail by Graham Johnson.  We recieve a thorough backstory of Seren through consistent internal monologue captions.  So we’re really in the protagonists head and aware of her true thoughts and feelings throughout this graphic novel.  Not only do these captions demonstrate her thoughts and feelings, they help to set the scene and introduce characters.  However the captions were overpowering at first as it’s easy to get lost in reading them and you forget to appreciate the majestic artwork designed by Caroline Johnson.  Nevertheless the panels flow more fluidly after that.

C. Johnson is responsible for the pencil, ink and colouring.  She has beautifully created a fantasy world which well conveys the fantastical locations and beings in Of Stars And Swords, whether it be dwarf, human or elf.  Her take on the fantasy world makes reading it all the more enjoyable.

Overall, Of Stars And Swords well immerses you into the fantasy world with its entertaining storyline and enchanting artwork.  If you like fantasy, this is definitely for you.

Story: Graham Johnson Art: Caroline Johnson
Story: 7.5 Art: 8.9 Overall: 8.5 Recommendation: Read

The creators provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review